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Richards: U21s lucky to draw

Swansea City Under-21s held on to secure a hard fought point against Newcastle United at Whitley Park on Monday afternoon.

The Swans defended well in the first-half to keep the score goalless at half-time.

Newcastle striker Ivan Toney broke deadlock for the home side after an hour before the U21s equalised from the penalty spot four minutes later after a foul on Oliver McBurnie - the striker stepped-up to convert and score his sixth of the season.

The Swans defended well late on to secure their first draw in Premier League Division Two as both sides shared the spoils.

NEWCASTLE U21s: Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry (Lewis Suddick, 74), Gideon Adu-Peprah (Liam Gibson, 20) Gael Bigirimana, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain, Jack Hunter, Ivan Toney, Sylvain Marveaux (Sean Longstaff, HT) Dan Barlaser

SUBS NOT USED: Ben Pollock, Paul Woolston

SWANS U21s: Josh Vickers, Liam Shephard (capt) (Daniel Alfei, 76), Raheem Hanley, Adnan Maric, Keston Davies, Alex Gogic, Kyle Copp, Henry Jones, Oliver McBurnie, Tom Holland (Botti Biabi, 67), Ryan Hedges 

SUBS NOT USED: Alex Ramsay, Thomas Dyson, Joe Rodon

Coach Gary Richards believes Swansea City Under-21s rode their luck to take a point from their trip to Newcastle in Premier League Division Two on Monday afternoon. 

A second-half Oliver McBurnie penalty helped the Swans take a 1-1 draw at Whitley Park after Newcastle striker Ivan Toney broke the deadlock on the hour mark.

Both sides battled for a winner in the second half only to share the spoils.

And Richards felt the young Swans were fortunate to come away from the North East with a point.

“I think we were lucky today,” he said. “Even though we had good spells in the game, we were not at the levels we have been used to this season.

“A draw today on paper looks good but we are disappointed with our performance.

“Myself and Cameron (Toshack) have made it clear to the team that we need to be better in possession when playing away from home.

“We gave the ball away far too easily and were untidy at times, which could have cost us.

“The positives are we had the best chance to take the lead in the first half and hit back quickly after going a goal down.

“But we must remember a few of our players have not played 90 minutes so far this season – Keston (Davies), Kyle (Copp) and Tom (Holland) all got good game time to add to their development.”

The U21s now have a three-week break before their next game at home to Aston Villa in mid-October.

And Richards believes the break could come at a good time for the development squad.

“Despite a draw we can go into the break pleased with where we are in the league," he added.

“We must now look to build from our win last week and draw today when we play Villa in a few weeks.”


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